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Cape Henry Lighthouse

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Address: 583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
Phone Number: +1 757-422-9421
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Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when...

Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when Congress deeded the house and 1.77 Acres of land to the organization in order to preserve it and make it accessible to the public. Over the years lighthouse and its surroundings have been restored including repairing the lantern after damage from Hurricane Barbara in 1953, repairing the damaged original Aquia sandstone and restoring the surrounding dunes.

Today, visitors to the Cape Henry Lighthouse can climb to the top of the tower to enjoy spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

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First adventure of VA

This was the first activity I did upon coming to VA, and I really enjoyed it. The views are great, and you do get some history. Definitely a great introduction to lighthouses as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Amber L
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Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was the first activity I did upon coming to VA, and I really enjoyed it. The views are great, and you do get some history. Definitely a great introduction to lighthouses as you move to OBX's.

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Howard
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Breathtaking in every way. The "old" is climbable but the "new" is military restricted. You enter the base ( have all documents available, i.e. ID, insurance, registration, etc.). The young guards were so polite doing the vehicle search; I respect that. We were entering their world. After protocol, we entered the base for uncanny views. This offers so much history... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the first thing the Our country agreed to build as a nation. You can feel the history as you walk up the stairs from the visitors center (oh there is a small charge, pay it, you're missing out if you don't walk up) and the lighthouse keeps getting bigger and bigger. If you think that's gonna be it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful sites. Climb was easy. On an active military base. Make sure you review rules before attempting to enter.

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Pavilion, New York
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The climb was worth it for this over 60 woman! I am so glad I did it. It is amazing that the lighthouse survives after all these years. Stimulated my imagination of hat it was like in the 1800s. On a naval base so have your id and car info available or you will not be allowed to see this... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such an interesting piece of history, nicely preserved. This is a visit that is reactively quick, easily 30 minutes up and down. We found a great deal on Groupon for tickets. Just a few things to note, the light house is on a military base be prepare for the check point to enter the base including IDs and car search.... More 

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Thank Jennifer S
Fairfax, VA
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You HAVE to do this - get the guided walking tour to learn all about how this landmark help to protect young America! A nice shop and you can even go up in the lighthouse! This is a must see - many of the locals would love this!

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Thank gummzit
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lighthouse is on a military base so a car search is done before you can enter. We could not see much of the lighthouse because you can not proceed past the gift shop if you have a child under 42" which we did. We were only able to see the very top of the lighthouse from the parking lot.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Beautiful views of the bay I am so happy to have come by this place for a quick diversion trip. Be prepared to climb many stairs.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

A must see if in the area due to its historical significance. Can climb to top if able to. If not familiar with the very aggressive plant in the southeast USA, they have it well labeled here

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